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James VI and I: Life of the Week

History Extra Podcast


In this History Extra podcast, historian Joe Ellis discusses the life of King James VI of Scotland (1566-1625) who also became King James I of England (from 1603 until 1625)

Joe Ellis describes James VI as a “cradle king” because he was “effectively orphaned” after his father, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, was killed in 1567 and his mother, Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned the same year. Although Mary escaped from Lochleven Castle in 1568, she never saw her son again.

James VI/I is remembered for Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up parliament and assassinate him; for his obsession with witches; and for commissioning what’s known as the King James bible.

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